By Led Black
June 22 – June 27
I want to start this newsletter by thanking all the folks who have read this column in the last 5 years. It is an honor to have such a long running column in a neighborhood institution like the Manhattan Times. The love and support is deeply appreciated. The Uptown Collective began as homage to a dynamic, diverse and electric neighborhood and has become the voice of Uptown online. The Manhattan Times and its readers have been instrumental in that process. Let’s us all continue to spread that Uptown Love.
Grant Wilfley Casting is looking for background actors for film and television. One of their current projects is a new Netflix series called The Get Down, directed by Academy Award Nominee Baz Luhrmann. It’s about the birth of hip-hop in the 1970’s, set in the Bronx. They are mainly in need of Latino and African American men and women (of all ages). Check out our site for more info.
The Uptown Tweet of the Week goes to NY Daily News for a video of a young man attempting to leap across the tracks at the 145th A Train Station. Luckily, the man was not too badly hurt and was able to get out of harm’s way pretty quickly. I don’t think he will be trying that again any time soon. What was on his mind?
Our Throwback Thursday post took us all the way back to 1916. Cole Thompson of My Inwood put together an excellent blog post on illustrator Herb Roth’s visit to Inwood. His whimsical sketches and thoughts on the area were published in the Pittsburgh Press on July 2nd, 1916. The venerable Dyckman Farmhouse was one of Mr. Roth’s subjects. Speaking of the Dyckman Farmhouse, Julie Besonen of the NY Times included it as one the two reasons to visit Inwood. The other was Darling Coffee. I have to respectfully say that that there are way more reasons to visit Inwood.
This past Monday, CNN published my Op-Ed on the looming humanitarian crisis in the Dominican Republic. The government of the Dominican Republic is following up their unpopular 2013 ruling with possible mass deportations of undocumented Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. Please read it and share as only concerted effort can help to avoid a disastrous outcome. Apathy is not an option.
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The Uptown Collective
The UC’s mission is to become “the” definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.